One open source software tool that we recommend for enhancing science and math learning for younger students (elementary-middle school) is called Squeak. Together with Katie Browning, Director of the Girl Scout Math and Science Center (Indianapolis), we delivered a poster presentation about Squeak for the ITAP Teaching and Learning with Technology conference at Purdue in Feb 2005. We have also presented several workshops at various after-school centers (below).
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Workshops at the Indy Girl Scout Math & Science CenterIn spite of the snowy, blustery weather, we had a packed house and LOTS of fun at our first (March '05) Girl Scout workshop learning Squeak. For the main project, each pair of girls created their own "critter" and then programmed the critter to have particular behaviors. The primary behavior/goal was to have a critter successfully follow a trail of "food". (NOTE: No critters were harmed in the making of this workshop).
Presentation at Squeakfest '05We presented a mathematical modeling education project aimed at middle/high school students at the annual Squeakland conference in 2005.
Workshops at Girls Incorporated® of IndianapolisThe SDA Lab began volunteering for once-a-week after-school computer workshops in the Girls Inc.® She's Techknow! program in fall 2005 and continuing in 2006.
Supercomputing '05 Education ProgramWe created a module for the K-12 Education Program at the Supercomputing 2005 conference. The module was entitled Introduction to Distributed Computing. It consisted of a Powerpoint presentation, a more extensive Flash presentation (with audio), and included a hands-on simulation using Squeak.
Workshops at kidscommonsThe SDA Lab began volunteering for Saturday morning computer workshops at kidscommons (Columbus IN) in 2006.
HASTI 2006The SDA Lab presented a talk and demonstration at the 2006 HASTI conference.
TLT 2006The SDA Lab and Katie Browning once again presented a poster session at the Purdue ITaP Teaching and Learning with Technology conference.
ISEF 2006The SDA Lab presented a two-day interactive exhibit at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, May 11-12.
Life Science Education
*-Note1: requires have the Squeak plugin installed